With flu season full steam ahead, it is important for worker’s to review protocol about sickness and your work commitments. Most employers allow time off from work to take care of your seasonal illnesses but they may also have protocol for handling these illnesses that you better heed or be at risk for disciplinary actions.

When you have caught the flu bug, it is always advisable to refrain from going to work and keeping the virus active in the work environment. If you are unsure if you have the flu, it is advisable to visit the doctor early on to ease the length and severity of your flu symptoms. A trip to the doctor should also include a work note that lists the doctor’s recommendations for missing work. Many employers have specific guidelines for sick days and how long you are out before a sick note needs to be produced. To be on the safe side, provide the work excuse as soon as possible so your employer will know what to expect from you.

Depending on your job duties, you may be able to put in some time at home so you do not fall behind in your work commitments. Ask your employer if you can perform work tasks at home as you feel up to it. Not all will allow work from home so you may need to provide some tips and direction for your temporary replacement while you are recovering.

Prevention is often best in the case of flu and other seasonal ailments. Get a flu shot and eat healthier during the change of seasons. Be sure to increase basic hygiene practices in the office including washing hands often, not coughing and sneezing on everyone in your work space, and getting plenty of sleep every work night.